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Sara Swann
By Sara Swann March 21, 2024

Las Vegas Sphere photo showing anti-Trump message was fabricated

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The Las Vegas Sphere is known for immersive concert experiences, but social media users are claiming it’s now being used to broadcast political messages.

A March 16 Facebook post showed a photo of the Sphere displaying a derogatory message to former President Donald Trump: "F— Trump."

The photo showed the text in giant blue letters on a white background, encircled by a red stripe with white stars that was reminiscent of the American flag. Text on the photo read, "The Sphere in Vegas is so awesome!"

(Screengrab from Facebook)

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Sphere Entertainment Co. told PolitiFact that this image is not real and that it was digitally altered.

We also found no evidence this message was shown on the Las Vegas Sphere. The image doesn’t appear in the Las Vegas Review Journal’s photo gallery of the Sphere’s displays, and we found no news articles about this supposed insult to Trump.

PolitiFact and other fact-checking news outlets have debunked similar fake images of the Sphere that claimed to show crude messages about Trump and President Joe Biden. We don’t know who created this fake image, although a TikTok filter lets users display faces, designs and messages on the Sphere.

We rate the claim that the Sphere displayed a derogatory message directed at Trump False.

Our Sources

Facebook post (archived), March 16, 2024

Email interview with Sphere Entertainment Co., March 20, 2024

Sphere Entertainment Co. website, accessed March 21, 2024

Review Journal, "Las Vegas Sphere’s Exosphere displays, so far — Photos," July 7, 2023

Review Journal, "Coming soon to the Sphere: Art made by local students," March 14, 2024 

PolitiFact, "Las Vegas Sphere photo showing crude message to Biden was fabricated," July 20, 2023

Reuters, "Clips of anti-Trump messages on Las Vegas Sphere were created using a filter," July 25, 2023

USA Today, "Image of anti-Biden message on Las Vegas Sphere made with TikTok filter | Fact check," Nov. 4, 2023

TikTok, "sphere las vegas filters," accessed March 21, 2024

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